Tempeh Breakfast Sausage Crumble Recipe

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Welcome to a culinary adventure that transforms humble tempeh into a breakfast sensation! Our Tempeh Breakfast Sausage Crumble Recipe combines the nutty goodness of tempeh with a symphony of spices, creating a savory delight that will elevate your morning routine. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, this recipe is designed for simplicity and flavor, promising a crispy, golden result that’s perfect for starting your day on a delicious note.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Explore the flavorful blend of tempeh, spices, and seasonings to create a savory breakfast treat. Easily substitute fennel seeds with Italian seasoning for a unique twist.

Helpful Tools

Discover the must-have kitchen tools for crafting the perfect tempeh breakfast sausage crumble, ensuring a hassle-free cooking experience.

How To Make This Recipe

Follow these simple steps to transform tempeh into a delightful breakfast crumble. Enhance the experience by using a cast iron pan for an extra layer of deliciousness.

Heat the Oil: Begin by heating olive oil in a pan over medium heat, preferably a cast iron pan for added flavor.

Crumble Tempeh: Using clean hands, crumble the tempeh directly into the pan.

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Season to Perfection: Add fennel seeds, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, allspice, and poultry seasoning (optional). Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Soy Sauce Addition: Introduce soy sauce and continue cooking until the tempeh turns crispy and golden. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Enjoy: Your tempeh breakfast sausage crumble is ready to savor!

Tips & Tricks

Master the art of preparing tempeh breakfast sausage with these handy tips and tricks, ensuring a delightful and foolproof cooking experience.

  • Tempting Texture: Allow the crumbled tempeh to cook undisturbed initially to achieve a crispy exterior.
  • Flavor Fusion: Customize the spice blend to suit your taste, experimenting with quantities and adding personal touches like cayenne or herbs.
  • Soy Sauce Sensation: Opt for high-quality soy sauce, considering variations like tamari, and use it judiciously to enhance the overall umami richness of the dish.


Can I use something other than tempeh?

While tempeh is the star of this recipe, you can experiment with tofu or textured vegetable protein (TVP) for a different twist. Adjust the cooking time and seasonings accordingly.

Is there a substitute for fennel seeds?

Certainly! If you don’t have fennel seeds, Italian seasoning makes an excellent substitute. Tailor the spice blend to your liking, ensuring a flavorful outcome.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Absolutely! Prepare the tempeh crumble in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave for a quick and convenient breakfast option.

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Tempeh Breakfast Sausage Crumble Recipe

Savor the deliciousness of tempeh breakfast sausage crumble! Learn how to make this savory delight with our easy recipe—perfect for a flavorful morning treat.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Topping, Vegan Basics
Cuisine American, Fusion, Thai
Servings 2


  • 1 200g pack of tempeh
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds (If you don't have fennel, use Italian seasoning)
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp poultry seasoning (optional)


  • Heat the olive oil on a pan in medium heat. (This is extra delicious cooked in a cast iron pan)
  • Using clean hands, crumble up the tempeh and add directly into the pan.
  • Next, add in fennel seeds, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, allspice and poultry spice. Cook for about 1 min stirring constantly.
  • Add in soy sauce, and continue cooking until the tempeh pieces and crispy and golden on the outside. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!
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Indulge in a satisfying breakfast experience with this tempeh sausage crumble recipe. Elevate your morning routine with a burst of flavor and wholesome goodness.

10 thoughts on “Tempeh Breakfast Sausage Crumble Recipe

  1. Paula says:

    5 stars
    This recipe was great, I was looking for some other sausage alternatives and this is the best I have come across so far. Great addition to my breakfasts. I have been trying to avoid meat lately.

  2. Lisa says:

    5 stars
    Loved the flavor of this and what a great sausage substitute idea thank you.

  3. Brianna says:

    5 stars
    Yum this tempeh crumble was so amazing.

  4. Drew says:

    5 stars
    Very nice meat substitute for my breakfast great flavor.

    • spicyveganfood says:

      I’m pleased to hear that the meat substitute worked well for your breakfast and that you enjoyed the great flavor. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jennifer says:

    5 stars
    Delicious tempeh sausage, great addition to my plant based breakfast. Is tempeh high in protein?

    • spicyveganfood says:

      I’m so happy you loved it, thank you so much! Yes, tempeh is quite high in plant-based protein! with 19g of protein per 100g of tempeh 🙂

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